Fri Oct 16 10:11am EDT
As you try to figure out what Larry King was doing with Balloon Boy at Dodger Stadium last night, we take a spin around the Internet to see what the bloggers and bards are saying about the Phillies' victory in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Jon Weisman, Dodger Thoughts: "It wasn't the game of a lifetime. It was the game of nine lifetimes. The Dodgers had more looks at tonight's Game 1 of the National League Championship series than a 12-eyed alien, but in the end it was 'Look but don't touch,' and they fell to the Phillies, 8-6, in four hours and two minutes. A contest that for four innings was a pitchers' duel as soothing as your bedtime pillow had all the stuffing torn out of it, with Los Angeles left to piece things together in time for Friday's Game 2."
Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Inquirer: "Add this one to the Carlos Ruiz(notes) lore. It was a perfect bookend to last season's World Series Game 3 moment — that game-winning hit, the one that Ruiz hit maybe 30 feet, at 1:47 a.m. The first walk-off infield single in World Series history ... Last night, Ruiz will remember, too. He hit a towering shot far past the inside of the left-field foul pole at Dodger Stadium. The three-run homer in the fifth inning kick-started the NLCS for the Phillies, giving them their first lead."
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: "Kershaw, meanwhile, begins the game at age 21 and 211 days, Torre with the most experience of any manager in the game, and it's hard to say who has the worse night. When Kershaw needs to be saved from himself with a nudge from someone more experienced, Torre is uncharacteristically slow to react ... The idea is not to stick with a starting pitcher as long as you might in the regular season, and here's Kershaw, wilting before everyone's eyes in the fifth inning, a left-hander warming in the bullpen and the Phillies already scoring three runs."
Orel, Sons of Steve Garvey: "He made us wait during his 50-game suspension. He made us wait for much of the regular season. He made us wait for most of the NLDS. But last night, he only made us wait two at-bats. In the fifth inning, with the Dodgers down 5-2, Manny clubbed a two-run homer off Cole Hamels(notes) to give us hope. He couldn't produce again in the eighth, but at least the swing is back."
Jason Weitzel, Beerleaguer: "(Raul) Ibanez continues to have one hell of a postseason, churning out the RBIs like a machine. What a great moment that was, too, coming against big, bad George Sherrill(notes), who laid a giant egg this game."
Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer: "Cole Hamels has the same great stuff that made him an instant postseason star last October. The fastball, the change-up, the curveball — they combine to make Hamels 'unhittable,' in the estimation of noted batsman Manny Ramirez(notes). It is the stuff between Hamels' ears that has been markedly different in 2009, and it continued to betray him last night."Dash Treyhorn, The Fightins': "The Phillies can breathe a sigh of relief, especially with Pedro Martinez(notes) taking the hill in game two. Having not pitched in an actual game since the Phillies clinched the division, a lot is riding on him and his right arm. But knowing Pedro and his penchant for the spotlight, the Phillies could find themselves in a very advantageous position tomorrow night."